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Roosevelt University has tapped psychology professor Cami McBride to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1. Other recent appointments include Ryan Petty as dean of the Heller College of Business, after his successful tenure as interim dean, and longtime Robert Morris University Illinois educator Paul Gaszak as dean of the new Robert Morris Experiential College.

Interim Dean Cami McBride, College of Arts and Sciences

Interim dean Cami McBride

Cami McBride, PhD, will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean McBride joined the psychology department faculty in 2006 and has been a leader in the Roosevelt community as director of the PsyD program (2009–15) and chair of the psychology department (2015–Present).

McBride’s research focuses on adolescent health and risk taking behavior as well as the training of psychologists. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and has served as a member on the APA Commission on Accreditation from 2016 through 2020.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brown University and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Dean Ryan Petty, Heller College of Business

Ryan Petty

Ryan J. Petty, PhD, has been promoted to dean of the Heller College of Business after serving on an interim basis since August 2019. Petty joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2010, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in human resources and management. He has also served as the director of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program and associate dean.

Since stepping into the role of interim dean, Petty has been instrumental in integrating former Robert Morris programs into the Heller College of Business, enhancing community college partnerships, and supporting our students during the transition to remote learning.

Petty earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and economics from Kalamazoo College. He holds a master’s degree and PhD in human resources and labor relations from Michigan State University.

Dean Paul Gaszak, Robert Morris Experiential College

Paul Gaszak serves as dean of the Robert Morris Experiential College. Before the integration, he served as the associate provost and chief academic officer at Robert Morris University Illinois from January 2019 to March 2020.

From 2017 to 2019, Gaszak served as dean of academic engagement at RMUI, overseeing institutional initiatives including faculty development, academic assessment, and experiential education. From 2007 to 2017, he served as a faculty member in the RMUI English Department, which included terms as curriculum chair for English & Humanities and president of the Academic Council.

Gaszak is a current board member for the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and serves as one of NSEE’s Experiential Education Academy faculty. He served as the chair of the 2019 NSEE Conference Planning Committee, and he is the co-chair for the 2020 conference.

Gaszak holds a BA in English - Creative Writing from Lewis University, an MA in Writing from DePaul University, and is in progress on an EdD in higher education leadership from National Louis University.

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